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Several topics to cover tonight, so I’m going to put them all into one posting. I haven’t had time to figure out my FrontPage/Office problems on my computer, so again, if you would like to comment, I want to encourage you to do so here.
TWINS 7, ROYALS 2
What a great day for the Twins and their fans! First of all, the Twins won. Second, the Chicago White Sox lost… TWICE. So, for as bad as the Twins have been for about the last 18 games, they are just one game behind the White Sox. The Twins have two more games against the Royals while Chicago is playing against the Blue Jays. Even better news for the Twins is that Paul Konerko had to leave the game with some sort of knee injury. Konerko is a great guy and all. I have a lot of respect for him. But adding him to the missing list with Carlos Quentin would help the Twins.
Back to tonight’s game. The Twins won 7-2 in a very good game. Here are some thoughts:
· The key, of course, was that Nick Blackburn was able to give them seven quality innings. Blackburn gave up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out three. He had some quick innings. The defense played well behind him. It was just a very well pitched first seven innings. And Blackburn finally got his 10th win of the season.
· Dennys Reyes came in for the 8th. He got two outs but then gave up a hit and a walk. Jesse Crain came in and got the job done. He then got the final three outs of the game. I have to mention Crain because it seems again like the only time he is mentioned is when he doesn’t get the job done. Well, he did get the job done this time.
· Was I the only one out there who, when he saw Dennys Reyes come into the game for the 8th inning started chanting, “Play Mijares!! (Clap, Clap, ClapClapClap!) Play Mijares!”
· Denard Span led off the Twins first inning with a double and came around to score the game’s first run. He added two more hits in the game.
· Justin Morneau went 2-4 with his 23rd home run and two more RBI. I’ve been saying it for a week, but his MVP candidacy is really starting to pick up. Again, I don’t think it’s even close right now. He is hands down the right choice.
· Brian Buscher added three more hits, including an RBI double that gave the Twins some insurance.
· The only Twins batter that did not have a hit was Joe Mauer, who was 0-3. However, twice he came up with a runner on 3rd base and less than two outs, and he scored the run with a ground out and a sacrifice fly. It’s interesting. He did what he needed to do to score the runs, which is so important when the opportunities are there. But in each case he got out. So, that’s a big question mark for SABRmetricians.
· Anyone else annoyed by the frequency of the phrase “little things right” from the Twins TV booth? It was worst when Nick Punto doubled Brian Buscher to third base. Both Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven talked about how they were doing the little things right. All I could think of was that It was a Double! A double! That’s not a little thing. That’s
· Tonight’s game will feature Kevin Slowey against the Royals’ Kyle Davies.
· I still want to play hookie for Thursday afternoon’s Twins game… It’s the last weekday home game of the season!
By the way, remember there are still people who think Torii Hunter is a good guy!
MIRACLE SEASON ENDS
This time, it’s true. The Ft. Myers Miracle lost 7-3 tonight to Daytona to finish as the runner-up in the Florida State League. This is their third loss in the series, so I know now for sure that it is complete. But it was a very nice playoff run for the team.
Alex Burnett started and gave up five runs (4 earned) on eight hits (2 home runs) in 4.2 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three. Spencer Steedley got the final out of the fifth inning. He got one out in the sixth, but he gave up a hit and a walk and both runs came around to score. Oswaldo Sosa got one out, but gave up two more hit (allowing the inherited runners to score). Jose Lugo got the next five outs unscathed. Matt Williams got the two batters he faced out.
The Miracle managed just five hits in the game. Johnny Woodard hit a solo homer in the second inning. In the fourth inning, they cut the lead to 5-3. Wilson Ramos and Whit Robbins hit back-to-back doubles and Edward Ovalle singled in another run. But that was it for the scoring.
NFL “Expert” Picks Update
Week 1 completed late on Monday night with the Broncos crushing the Raiders. With it, the completion of four days and nights of games. Our panel of “Experts”, probably like many of you, had some struggle with the week, but overall, it was a solid first effort. If you would have gone along with our group’s collective picks, you would have gone 10-6 on the week. If you’re looking for someone’s picks to emulate, after Week 1, Howard Sinker is your man! The man with A Fan’s View went 13-3 on the week! Here is how the rest of our panel did this week (Don’t look for me!!):
· 13-3 – Howard Sinker
· 12-4 – Stick & Ball Guy, The Baseball Savant
· 11-5 – Kyle Waldrop, LaVelle E. Neal III, Cory Hepola, Roger Dehring
· 10-6 – Kevin Slowey, John Bonnes, Josh Johnson, Andrew Kneeland, Kelly Thesier, Vic Quick, Marty Andrade, Melissa Lien
· 9-7 – Joe Benson, Steve Singleton, Nick Nelson, Josh Taylor, Parker Hageman, Jonathan Mayo, Mike Brasel
· 8-8 – Jeff Manship, Dan Slowey, Jack Michaels,
· 7-9 – Seth Stohs, Eric Olson, Blake Meyer
· 6-10 – Phil Miller
The panelists have been sent the Week 2 schedule, so be sure to check back on Friday for our selections.
SETHSPEAKS.NET WEEKLY PODCAST TONIGHT
The SethSpeaks.net Weekly Twins podcast can be found here tonight at 8:00 p.m. Hopefully, I will get a schedule for the podcast out later today, but I’m still trying to secure some guests and have a more official schedule. (if you go to this site before 8:00 tonight, you can listen to last week’s show with Pat Neshek and Josh Whetzel still.) Again, I want to encourage people to listen live at 8:00 central time tonight. There is a chat room, and I will happily take questions for me or the guests throughout the show. I did hear that you may have to register to be able to ask questions, but that’s a pretty minor thing. There is also a Call-In number that you can use to get on the air and ask a question or two. If you want to call in, I only ask that you send me a quick e-mail and tell me your number so that I know who to introduce.
With that, I must call it a day and get some sleep. Have a great day!